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Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Overview
Some wireless deployments require high mobility with high performance and the Fortinet Wireless Controller can provide enterprise-class secure Wi-Fi to deliver this in large and high-density environments. Dedicated WLAN controllers deliver seamless mobility, quick deployment, and easy capacity expansion with radio frequency virtualization for large numbers of Access Points. For assistance choosing an AP, our AP Product selector can be found here.
Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Product Details
The FortiWLC and FortiWLM platforms deliver seamless mobility and superior reliability with optimized client distribution and channel utilization. Both single- and multi-channel deployment options are supported, maximizing efficiency to make the most of available wireless spectrum.
Features and Benefits
Superior density, scalability, and mobility
Handle even the most complex RF environments.
Protection for sensitive data and help to meet compliance
Built in compliance reporting and management removes the guesswork.
Single Channel or Multi-Channel deployment for management of your RF challenges
Deploy the network that will work best for your environment.
Simplified deployment and capacity expansion
No licenses to manage, just plug and go.
Scalability from 1 to 10,000 APs
A range of platforms for any sized deployment.
Wireless device locationing tools included with no additional licenses
Wireless device locationing tools included with no additional licenses.
Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Models and Specifications
FortiAPs are available in a variety of models to address specific use cases and price points. Configuration and control of your wireless is done with Fortinet’s FortiGate Network Security Platform.
For assistance choosing an AP, our AP Product selector can be found here.
Large campuses, distributed enterprises, and small businesses all have diverse WLAN architecture needs. That's why Fortinet provides a full suite of WLAN Access Points as part of our dedicated controller solution designed to address the unique requirements of every organization.
Specific information by product line can be found by selecting each category.
FortiAP Universal access points are managed centrally by the FortiWLC dedicated Wireless LAN Controller platform, through the free FortiCloud provisioning and management portal, or by the integrated WLAN controller of any FortiGate® security appliance.
|FAP-U421EV||4x4 802.11ac Wave 2||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FAP-U423EV||4x4 802.11ac Wave 2||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FAP-U422EV||4x4 802.11ac Wave 2||Outdoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FAP-U321EV||3x3 802.11ac Wave 2||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FAP-U323EV||3x3 802.11ac Wave 2||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FAP-U221EV||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 port|
|FAP-U223EV||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 port|
|FAP-U24JEV||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wallplate AP: Single / Dual radio, Internal antenna, 6 x GE RJ45 ports|
Fortinet AP access points are managed centrally by the FortiWLC dedicated Wireless LAN Controller platform.
|AP832i||3x3 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|AP832e||3x3 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|OAP832e||3x3 802.11ac Wave 1||Outdoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports|
|AP822i||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 ports|
|AP822e||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wireless AP: Dual radio, External antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 ports|
|AP122||2x2 802.11ac Wave 1||Indoor wallplate AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 5 x GE RJ45 ports|
Antennas and power supplies for use with FortiAP and Fortinet Controller Access Points.
|FAN-612R||Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna|
|FAN-612N||Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna|
|FAN-500N||Point-to-Point Outdoor antenna|
|FAN-504N||Point-to-Point Outdoor antenna|
|FAN-614R||Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna|
|FAN-664N||Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna|
|ANT-6ABGN-24||Omnidirectional Indoor antenna|
|ANT-ABGN230-W||Omnidirectional Indoor antenna|
|ANT-I3ABGN-0304-O||Omnidirectional Indoor antenna|
|ANT-O6ABGN-0606-O||Omnidirectional Outdoor antenna|
|ANT-O6ABGN-0607-PT||Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna|
|ANT-A08O-NM-2||Omnidirectional Outdoor antenna|
|ANT-BG080-NM||Omnidirectional Outdoor antenna|
|GPI-115||GE 802.3af power supply
|GPI-130||GE 802.3at power supply|
The Dedicated Wireless LAN Controller offering from Fortinet is made up of both physical and virtual appliances for control (FortiWLC) and Management (FortiWLM).
The FortiWLC controller series optimizes traffic across our controller-based wireless access points and client devices to support high density, high performance and predictability. It is available in both physical and virtual form factors and requires no additional licenses to use.
|Model||Number of Managed APs||Interfaces|
|FWC-50D||50||4 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FWC-200D||200||4 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FWC-500D||500||4 x GE RJ45 ports, 4 x GE SFP ports, 2 x 10 GE SFP+ ports|
4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports
|FWC-3000D||3000||8 x 10 GE SFP+ ports|
|Model||Number of Managed APs|
The FortiWLM series offers full management of controllers and access points along with an extensive set of troubleshooting and reporting tools. It is available in both physical and virtual form factors. All platforms include 50 licensed APs, expansion to manage greater than 50 APs requires the purchase of FortiWLM licenses.
|Model||Max Number of Managed APs||Interfaces|
|FWM-100D||1000||4 x GE RJ45 ports|
|FWM-1000D||15000||4 x GE RJ45 ports, 4 x GE SFP ports|
|Model||Max Number of Managed APs|
|Model||Additional APs Licensed|
Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Demo
FortiWLC controllers support high-density clients and high performance while addressing mission-critical enterprise demands for wireless connectivity. In this demo, see our Multi-Channel and Single-Channel architecture deliver data, voice, video, and seamless roaming capabilities. Check out how the setup wizard helps with configuration using a series of workflows.
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FortiWLM provides centralized configuration and management of wireless networks. It includes Network Manager, Spectrum Manager, Service assurance Manager, and Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS). In this demo, see how the ability to provision, test, troubleshoot, and optimize wireless networks helps reduce IT overhead and cost without compromising overall quality of service.
Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access FAQs
Below are answers to common questions regarding FortiGate Integrated Secure Wireless Access and related services:
What license do I need to buy to enable my FortiWLC to adopt my access point?
There are no additional licenses that need to be purchased to enable or adopt an access point to a FortiWLC.
How many APs can my FortiWLM manage?
Please refer to the FortiWLM datasheet for your specific model for information on maximum AP capacity.
How many APs will I need for my building?
AP density will vary depending on the number of users and what applications need to be supported. Fortinet offers planning software: FortiPlanner to aid in determining the proper number and placement of APs.